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Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Aravind Dasu


The stomatal network in plants is a well-characterized biological system that hypothetically solves the constrained optimization problem of maximizing CO2 uptake from the air while constraining evaporative water loss during the process of photosynthesis. There are numerous such constrained optimization problems present in the real world as well as in computer science. This thesis work attempts to solve one such constrained optimization problem in a distributed manner by taking a cue from the dynamics of stomatal networks. The problem considered here is Dynamic Thermal Management (DTM) in a multi-processing element system in computing. There have been several approaches in the past that tried to solve the problem of DTM by varying the frequency of operation of blocks in the computing system. The selection of frequencies for DTM such that overall performance is maximized while temperature is constrained is a non-deterministic polynomial-time (NP) hard problem. In this thesis, a distributed approach to solve the problem of DTM using a cellular neural network is proposed. A cellular neural network is used to mimic the stomatal network with slight variations based on the problem considered.




This work made publicly available electronically on August 2, 2010.